International policies for the protection of built heritage

Rome (RM), Italy

25th September 2020

3:00 pm to 5:45 pm GMT +2

The Restoration Week 2020 involves the most important International Organizations which are playing and active role in promoting and financing the Restoration of Cultural Heritage and Historic assets with testimonial value, as a driver for the development of the tourism, occupation and social life of local territories. The conference to be held on the 25th of September in Rome, is hosting expertise from the main active Italian and International Organization and aims at creating useful future synergies and collaboration among the participants, as a side-support to the Restoration Sector and the promote a strategic bridge of dialogue and new synergies with the “Made in Italy Restoration” programme.


International policies for the protection of built heritage


Start: 25 Sept, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
End: 25 Sept, 2020 @ 5:45 pm

Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, FONDAZIONE SYMBOLA, Europa Nostra, World Monument Found, WORLD BANK, Lebanese Directorate General of Antiquities


Conference Program

TITLE: International policies for the protection of built heritage
Friday 25th September 2020
Location: Italian Trade Agency headquarter
P = in presence
R = remote connection

14:30 – 15:00 Registration and log-in of the participant

15:00 – 15:10 Carlo Ferro, President of Italian Trade Agency – Institutional greetings and opening (R)

15:10 – 15:20 Manlio Di Stefano, Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (P)

15:20 – 15:30 Sarkis Khoury, Lebanese Directorate General of Antiquities (R)
BACH-Beirut Assist Cultural Heritage; “action plan for the recovery of built heritage of Beirut”
Following the sinister explosion that occurred in Beirut on August 4th, 2020 an urgent action plan of the built heritage is launched in order to assure the safety of the inhabitants – passengers, and in order to save and rescue the endangered Built Heritage of Beirut

15:30 – 15:45 Giulia Facelli – European Commission (R)
EU policies and activities for cultural heritage: what is new
The presentation will revolve around the latest European policies and activities in support of cultural heritage’s conservation and valorisation, focussing on built environment and urban regeneration. It will provide highlights from the European research and innovation ecosystem of policies, results and opportunities while updating on the upcoming Horizon Europe programme

15:45 – 16:00 Sameh Naguib Wahba, Global Director, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice World Bank (R)
Valuing Culture for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth: An Urban Development Approach to Heritage
Valuing culture for development is fundamental for sustainable and inclusive growth. The Bank’s work on culture has evolved from a principle of “do no harm” to an integrated urban development approach which promotes economic development, social cohesion, sustainability and resilience. Conservation of historic buildings is not sufficient to foster this type of development however by coupling it with an integrated infrastructure approach, cities can improve services, livability, and promote a sense of place. An additional benefit of conserving heritage is that it enhances the distinctiveness of the area, maximizes underused cultural resources and inspires creativity and the arts. Based on these factors, heritage is also a differentiator for cities seeking to compete in a globalized world. This can attract talent and private sector investment for tourism and the creative economy

16:00 – 16:15 Jonathan Bell, Ph.D.Vice President of Programs World Monument Found – Global Challenges and the Role of Heritage (R)
Cultural heritage has the incredible capacity to bring people together to mitigate some of the world’s greatest challenges. World Monuments Fund aims to ensure its heritage work has a multiplier effect, safeguarding places of significance while contributing to new solutions on a global scale.

16:15 – 16:30 Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General Europa Nostra (R)
Guy Clausse, Executive Vice President Europa Nostra (R)
Beyond COVID-19: What can cultural heritage do for Europe, and what can Europe do for cultural heritage?
Europa Nostra is the leading heritage organisation in Europe. This joint intervention will focus on Europa Nostra’s wide-ranging efforts to place cultural heritage where it belongs: at the very heart of Europe’s revival. At a time when Europe has to define robust policies to reset and rebuild our societies and economies in the aftermath of the pandemic, Europa Nostra urges EU leaders to mobilise the transformational power of cultural heritage for Europe’s sustainable and inclusive recovery.

16:30 – 16:45 Luca Maestripieri, Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (P)

16:45 – 17:00 Ermete Realacci, President of Fondazione Symbola – Culture, identity and knowledge. The roots of the future. (P)
Our country is recognized for the ability to find a balance between conservation and recovery aspects, both on cultural heritage and on the historic buildings of Italian landscapes. An unexpected outcome in a highly industrial nation. Symbola and Fassa Bortolo intend to give voice to this world with the story of 100 innovative realities in a report to be published soon.

17:00 – 17:15 Alessandro Bozzetti, President of Assorestauro (P)

17:15 – 17:45 Debate and Conclusion of the conference
Final greetings (Italian Trade Agency)